Réunions et Évènements

Realist Research workshop in Tunis, Tunisia

From August 29th to September 1st, 2017, lead researchers Emilie Robert and Valéry Ridde conducted a workshop in Tunis with a team of researchers from six African countries, and with a delegation from WHO headquarters and from the Inter-country Support Team West Africa.

The workshop provided feedback on ongoing data collection, and provided further training to researchers on qualitative data analysis using a realist lens.

Learn about the study in our recent Story from the Field.

UHC Forum Side Event: Bold Moves

Bold Moves: New Ways of Governance and Partnering for UHC
Date: 12 December 2017
Tokyo Prince Hotel, Room: Takasago, 11th floor

Preliminary Agenda


Part One: Bold Moves in Governance

Host: Health Systems Governance Collaborative (in collaboration with UHC Partnership)

Draft Agenda | Download the PDF Document


In the first interactive session of this two-part side event, the spotlight will be on the progress made in the actionable governance agenda at national and subnational levels. The Health Systems Governance Collaborative will present three cases of foundational work in health systems governance as examples of vital work, which is currently undertaken to foster actionable knowledge tailored for driving real progress. The collaboration with the UHC partnership promotes further anchoring of this important governance agenda into the realities of policy dialogue and health systems implementation. The case presentations will be followed by an interactive health systems governance minilab. The outcomes of the deliberations will feed into the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto.


09:30 – 09:45 Welcome
Bold Moves opening trailer and Introduction of work of Health Systems Governance Collaborative
Maryam Bigdeli, Health Systems Adviser, WHO


09:45 – 10:45 Three Cases Health Systems Governance Foundational work
1. “Governance capacities of MoH, Bold Moves in framing the topic”
Presenter: Kabir Sheikh, Joint Director, Public Health Foundation of India, and Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne

2. “Next steps in the Marshalling Evidence Initiative”
Presentation of some key findings of the initiative, extracted from the four thematic working groups’ research on Accountability, Public Financial Management, Use of Knowledge Policy and Regulation.
Presenter: Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, USAID

3. “Health Systems Governance: the Trouble with Building Blocks”
Presenter: Seye Abimbola, Public Health Lecturer, University of Sidney


10:45 – 11:45 Governance mini-lab I BOLD MOVES 1 in Health Systems Governance foundational work
Small groups will discuss and extract knowledge from the case studies through the lens of the “actionable governance”
Opening comments: Helen Schneider, Public Health Professor, University of the Western Cape


11:45 – 12:00 Feedback round and input into #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto

For questions and registration to Bold Moves Part one, please contact bigdelim@who.int




Part Two: Bold Moves in Partnering

Host: UHC Partnership (in collaboration with Health Systems Governance Collaborative)

In the second interactive session of this two-part side event, the spotlight will be on creative ways of partnering for UHC. The UHC Partnership will draw on the vast experience of five years of programme implementation to support policy dialogue, with a view of promoting UHC in about 30 countries. One of the partnerships’ objectives is to foster strategic planning and health systems governance, an area in which creative cooperation is sought with the rapidly growing Health Systems Governance Collaborative. In the SDG era, it is critically important to build up MoH capacities and leadership; to be able to convene stakeholders, from other ministries, development partners or private entities, to jointly move the UHC agenda forward. The outcomes of the deliberations will feed into the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto.


15:00 – 15:15  Opening statement
Bold Moves opening trailer and opening statement
Presenter: Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage, WHO


15:15 – 15:30  UHC Partnership – 5 years of programme implementation
Presentation of the UHC Partnership’s results over the last five years.
Presenter: Denis Porignon, Health Systems Adviser, WHO


15:30 – 16:00 New roles, new collaborations, new partnerships
Seven proposals for novel partnering derived from the UHC Partnership March 2017 Brussels results.
Presenters: Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director of DG DEVCO, European Commission;
David Weaklam, Lead of the Global Health Programme, Irish Aid;
Delanyo Dovlo, Director of Health Systems and Services Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa


16:00 – 16:30 Roundtable
Small groups will discuss the following questions:
1. In your country, which capacities need to be strengthened to overcome new challenges in the 21st century?
2. How best to use knowledge to improve technical and institutional capacities?


16:30 – 17:15 Country Panel: Bold moves – creative partnering and how to bring everybody on board
Experience-sharing from representatives of UHC Partnership member countries.
1. What are the key bottlenecks to bring stakeholders around one table and engage into a meaningful policy dialogue?
2. How can UHC2030 and its related networks support countries to convene stakeholders and foster partnering for UHC?
Presenters: Representatives from countries and partners


17:15 – 17:30 Feedback round and input into #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto

For questions and registration to Bold Moves Part two, please contact porignond@who.int

In the evening of December 12, the #BoldMovesTokyo Mini-Manifesto will be produced and put on line!

More information on the UHC Forum side events can be found on this page.

5ème réunion technique annuelle du partenariat UE-Luxembourg-OMS sur la CSU à Bruxelles

Célébrez – Partagez – Innovez

Cette année marque le 5ème anniversaire du Partenariat UE-Luxembourg-OMS sur la CSU, un programme unique avec une ambition globale de promouvoir le dialogue politique sur les politiques, stratégies et plans nationaux de santé avec 28 pays cibles, dans le but de favoriser la santé universelle (CSU) d’ici 2030, dans le cadre des objectifs de développement durable.

Des représentants des ministères de la santé, des organisations de développement, des décideurs, des représentants des institutions européennes, du ministère luxembourgeois des affaires étrangères, des responsables de l’OMS des trois niveaux de l’Organisation, du monde universitaire et des bailleurs de fonds se réunissent pour célébrer les réalisations du 21 au 23 mars. Ces acteurs échangent collectivement leurs expériences sur les défis et trouvent des solutions innovantes au niveau des pays dans le but de faire progresser l’agenda de la CSU.

Cette réunion de trois jours abordera des questions critiques liées aux systèmes de santé dans le contexte de la CSU et des ODD: le lien étroit entre les systèmes de santé résilients et la sécurité, en particulier dans les pays fragiles; La mise en œuvre et le suivi des ODD au niveau des pays et la façon dont cela peut avoir un impact positif sur différents domaines de la santé, à savoir l’investissement dans la main-d’œuvre de la santé; L’importance de partenariats véritables et solides au niveau mondial et au niveau des pays pour améliorer l’efficacité de l’aide; Et la pertinence d’une approche des politiques de santé-pour-tous- impliquant tous les secteurs pour répondre aux besoins changeants de santé.

Contributions du Partenariat UE-LUX-OMS sur la CSU sont présentées lors du 4e Symposium mondial sur la recherche des systèmes de santé à Vancouver

The Global Symposium on Health Systems Research takes place every two years, bringing together the full range of players involved in health systems and policy research.   This year in Vancouver, there will be several events directly related to the EU-Luxembourg-WHO UHC Partnership:

  1. A Satellite session panel discussion – 14 November, 15.00-17.00:  “Is policy dialogue the weak link in creating resilient health systems? Experiences from the EU-Luxembourg-WHO UHC Partnership”.   The panel will discuss the work of the UHC Partnership, and the types of tangible results which can be achieved at country level despite the non-linear nature of policy dialogue.  The discussion will highlight that policy dialogue does not just happen by itself; it is a political process that requires top-level political commitment and will, as well as adequate investment in terms of effort, prioritization, and resources.  Moderated by the Director of Health Systems, WHO Regional Office for Africa, panellists will include Ministry of Health representatives from Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea and Liberia, as well as development partners.
  2. The launch of WHO’s flagship national health planning guide, “Strategizing National Health in the 21st Century: A Handbook” – 15 November, 9.00-11.00.  This handbook is one of the key normative products resulting from the UHC Partnership, and responds to the needs and demands of WHO Member States for up-to-date and practical guidance on how to develop, implement, monitor and review strong national health sector strategic plans (NHSSPs), as a foundation for resilient and responsive health policies and systems.  The launch session, chaired by Dr Carissa Etienne, Regional Director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, will be in the form of a panel discussion bringing together potential users of the Handbook (2 Ministers of Health and 2 Directors of Planning), with donors and development partners.

Selected chapters of the Handbook will be briefly presented (in blue):

  1. Overarching chapter – new approaches for NHSSPs towards UHC
  2. Needs and expectations: consultation of the population
  3. Situation analysis: a comprehensive exercise
  4. Priority setting: participatory decision making process
  5. Transforming priorities into a national health strategy
  6. Operationalizing plans
  7. Costing a NHSSP and fiscal space
  8. Health budgets and the budgeting process
  9. Monitoring and evaluation, including sector reviews: joint process
  10. Laws and regulation for national health planning
  11. Decentralization and national health planning
  12. Fragile states and national health planning
  1. A panel session will bring together three country experiences with decentralization, namely Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines – 16 November, 11.30-13.00. The session entitled “Building resilience into decentralized health systems” will present and discuss the introduction of decentralized models of health system governance in the context of devolution, examining the processes as well as the results of the implementation of these models on health system resilience. It will emphasize institutional factors, legal frameworks and governance arrangements in decentralized contexts, that impact resilience. Cross-cutting lessons from the three country examples will attempt to answer the following questions:
  • How do health systems adapt and evolve to internalize decentralization? What are the required institutional reforms and legal frameworks that facilitate this?
  • How can health systems seize the opportunity of decentralization to build more resilient and adaptive institutions designed to deliver integrated people centered health services?
  • How can health systems seize the opportunity of decentralization to build health systems that are coordinated, responsive and place the needs of people and communities at the center of their operation?

Even if those countries are not (yet) part of the UHC-P, this session should inform decentralization processes in partner countries.

4.  A panel session will be organized Friday 18 November with some research partners (Université de Montréal) involved in the EU-Luxembourg / WHO UHC Partnership. During the session “Understanding causes of inequitable coverage of social health protection programmes: do knowledge paradigms matter for research and policy?” health systems researchers will seek to explain causes of policy success and failure, yet causality is unresolved in social science. We will use three different knowledge paradigms (positivism, critical realism, social constructionism) to explain inequity in social health protection in India, Senegal and Togo and will ask a WHO policymaker whether theory matters. The session will be chaired by Pr. Valéry Ridde.

5. A satellite session: “Health Programs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC): addressing facility and system-wide inefficiencies will take place on Tuesday, 15 November.  The purpose of this session is to focus global and country debates about “health programs and health systems” on efficiency issues created by fragmented approaches that can diminish the potential achievement of both programmatic and system-wide objectives.   Approaches developed and used in case studies by WHO and the Global Fund will be analysed and applied. The session will mix short presentations, discussions and hands-on case study learning and will be chaired by Joe Kutzin, Coordinator of Health Financing, Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at WHO, and Michael Borowitz, Chief Economist, The Global Fund.

For more information, consult the Symposium website:   http://www.healthsystemsglobal.org/globalsymposia/